Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. A project of Pax Christi International.


Here are some recommended books on the topics of nonviolence and just peace. You may also wish to consult Tobias Winright’s just peace reading list published through the National Catholic Reporter.


Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church returns to Gospel Nonviolence, edited by Marie Dennis, is available from Orbis Books.

A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic peace church, by CNI participant Gerald Schlabach

Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Children Understand Challenging Stories, by Catherine Maresca

If Jesus Is Lord: Loving Enemies in an Age of Violence, by Ronald J. Sider

The Faithful Nonviolence of Jesus, Sr. Nancy Shreck, OSF, reprinted from From Violence to Wholeness: A Ten-Part Process in the Spirituality and Practice of Active Nonviolence, Ken Butigan with Patricia Bruno (Pace e Bene Press, 1999).

The Nonviolent Life, by Fr. John Dear (Pace e Bene Press, 2013)

The Beatitudes of Peace, by Fr. John Dear (Twenty-Third Publications, 2015)

Walking the Way: Following Jesus on the Lenten Journey of Gospel Nonviolence to the Cross and Resurrection, by Fr. John Dear (Twenty-Third Publications, 2015)

From Violence to Wholeness: A 10-part process in the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence, Ken Butigan with Patricia Bruno (Pace e Bene Press, 1996)

Engage: Exploring nonviolent living, Laura Slattery, Ken Butigan, Veronica Pelicaric, Ken Preston (Pace e Bene Press, 2005)

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